Monday, February 15, 2016

Something we talked about in Mission Leader Council was..

Obedience in the morning.
Diligence in the afternoon.
Miracles at night.

When I first heard it, I wrote in down, but didn't really think anything of it. However, this past week it has really been on my mind because it has happened literally everyday this week. We have been seeing so many miracles! And they have all happened near the end of the day right before we have to go in. I can honestly say that Hermana Gonzalez and I have been trying to be exactly obedient. Its hard but soo worth it. Then in the afternoon, the work goes a little slower. No ne is home or appointments fall through...but then by the evening, we find amazingly prepared families, have great lessons with members coming with us, and even we have had great breakthroughs with some of the less active members in the branch. :)

We found Jose, Luz, Jose, y Liz. ( haha yes those are their names ) Liz and Luz are sisters and both of their husbands' names are Jose. They are incredible and they have such a desire to learn! Jose y Liz just had their first baby after trying for almost 10 years. And this Sunday all four of them came to church (five if you count the baby) :) It was fast and testimony meeting and the Spirit was so strong! All the members wanted to bear their testimony and share what is most important to them with this family. One of the Hermanas is pregnant for the first time and had also been trying for 7 years to have a baby. She got up and bore her testimony about her experience without even knowing that Jose y Liz went through the same thing! I am so grateful that she followed the prompting to getup and share what she did, her and Liz clicked instantly :) I am so excited for this family! :)

Also, update! Remember Hermana Lopez? For those of you who don't, she was my first baptism out here in the field. Well, now that I am back in Monroe we have been working with her annnd she got her patriarchal blessing, her daughter has been baptized and she has her temple recommend to go do baptisms for the dead! :) During one of our lessons the other day I couldn't help but to tear up.. I thought of the one quote "A missionary is someone who leaves her family for a short time so that others can be with theirs for eternity." Its coming true!! :)

Ahh.. I just love the gospel. Hermana Gonzalez is a convert and it has been fun telling different childhood stories. I am so grateful for my parents who taught me from a young age to love the gospel! :) I feel like I have been truly becoming a missionary, instead of just doing missionary things. Missionary life is good :) Just life with the gospel of Jesus Christ is good! :)

Anyway, I hope you are all doing well! :)

I love you!
Hermana Spackman

Monday, February 1, 2016

So, just to update everyone, I got transferred ... drum roll please... back to Monroe! My baby area! :)
My new companion is Hermana Gonzalez, this is her last transfer, she is from Paramount, California, fluent in spanish, and just about the sweetest person you will ever meet! I will try to get pictures this week. We have already seen so many miracles this last week and we are so excited for this next week, lots of good things happening! :)

I love you all! Remember to follow those promptings of the Spirit! :) 
Have a great week! :)

Hermana Spackman

This week was pretty eventful! We had Zone Conference, Mission Leader Council and also exchanges!
This next week is going to be crazy because we have two more exchanges and lots of service hours, I am excited!

The weather has been getting a little bit warmer and the days a little longer, so that has been great for street contacting! :)
Our mission president asked us to commit to reading the Book of Mormon everyday for the rest of our lives. It was very powerful the way he talked about it. I readily made the commitment because I know the Book of Mormon was written by prophets. I know it's true. I have seen countless blessings in my life and in the lives of others thanks to the teachings we read inside. I know that I have taken it for granted in the past, but there is always time to change and improve! :) Heavenly Father loves us and because of that love he has given us a sure way to return to Him. Through the scriptures, we learn what that way is. I know that as we apply the teachings of the prophets of old as well as the prophets we have today, we will be worthy of the Spirit, and never go astray.
The invitation is extended to each and every on of you reading this email. Read the Book of Mormon everyday. And dont get discouraged if you miss a day. When you accidentally skip brushing your teeth one day, do you give up all together and never brush your teeth again? Claro que no!! As soon as you realize, you go brush your teeth!! Its the same with scripture study.
I love you all! :) have an amazing day!
Hermana Spackman

We knocked a door last night. The man who answered spoke with us but wouldn't listen.

He kept saying, "I'm happy the way i live my life. I have what i want. My family is fine and we don't need to go to church. We're good." He just kept saying, "I'm happy. We're good." After testifying to him that there is more, we talked with the member who was with us about why people have that perspective. 

Because of Christ, we know that there is more and that the happiness that the world lives in, is t e m p o r a l . 

God requires us to change and repent. That process includes changing behaviors and choices that will require our effort...its not easy. The world is content with just being enough. In order to b e c o m e like God, change is needed. i know that because of the restoration of the gospel, there is m o r e . there is eternal j o y!

Los amo,
Hermana Fifita